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Molly joined Fox 4 in September of 2014 as a reporter for the late-night news. She is excited to be back home in the Midwest after spending two years as a reporter, anchor and producer at NBC29 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before working at NBC29, she was a reporter at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.
Molly is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism (Go Tigers!) and loves her St. Louis Cardinals. You can catch her hanging out at area dog parks with her black lab, Avery. Molly was born in St. Louis, MO. and grew up in Edwardsville, IL.
Molly loves that journalism allows her to investigate wrongdoings. She is the recipient of a 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award for one of her investigations revealing the University of Virginia Hospital mistakenly sent a family home with their deceased loved one’s amputated body parts. She has also been recognized by the Virginia Associated Press for her work.
Working within the vicinity of Washington D.C. granted Molly the opportunity to cover several rallies during the 2012 presidential election. During this time she interviewed former presidential candidate John McCain, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, as well as democratic supporter and actress Cynthia Nixon.
Molly would love for you to say hello if you see her out and about town working on a story. You can follow her on twitter at @MollyFox4KC or find her on Facebook “Molly Balkenbush Fox4” Do you have a news tip? E-mail Molly at Molly.Balkenbush@wdaftv4.com.


Recent Articles
  • Thieves steal Christmas trees meant to benefit sick children

    WOOD RIVER, Ill. — In Illinois, police are searching for the person or people who stole Christmas trees meant to raise money for sick children. Volunteers at the Alt-Wood Christmas tree lot in Wood River, Illinois said one or two trees have gone missing over the years.  Already this year, six trees have been stolen. The money from the trees would have benefited sick children at St. Louis area Shriners hospitals. Volunteers with the club said they’ve sold trees at the lot […]

  • Former Briarwood Elementary PTO treasurer blamed for missing $7,000, meeting minutes say

    OLATHE, Kan. – Fox 4 is getting more information about a Briarwood Elementary School PTO meeting we weren’t allowed in two weeks ago. A big topic of discussion, according to the minutes, was about the more than $7,000 missing from the PTO fund. According to the notes from the minutes, blame was placed on the previous treasurer. Fox 4 is not naming that individual because they are not charged with a crime. Police said so far no arrests have been […]

  • KC vegan restaurant preparing to serve free Thanksgiving meal to hundreds this Thursday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Café Gratitude in Kansas City is offering a free Thanksgiving meal for anybody who wants to come out and enjoy it. The restaurant will be serving a vegan Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. Staff said it’s there way of giving back to the community. “I think that really goes a long way, when people feel cared for, all it takes is one person,” said Luke Martindale, the bar manager. “Allowing people to […]

  • Police release photos of vehicles seen leaving laundromat where KCK teen was killed

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Family and police are looking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in the murder of a 15-year-old KCK boy. December Htoo was found dead Saturday morning inside a laundromat near 34th and Gibbs Road where he worked part-time. KCK police tell Fox 4 they still have no leads as to who shot the teenager. Police returned to the laundromat Monday — still investigating what happened. There are no surveillance cameras inside the laundromat, police […]

  • Friends heartbroken at murder of teenage immigrant inside KCK laundromat

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Friends and teachers are mourning the loss of a sophomore student at JC Harmon High School. They said December Htoo is the teen who was found dead Saturday morning inside a laundromat near 34th and Gibbs Road. Police are still searching for the shooter. Classmates said Htoo was in choir and on the wrestling team. A former teacher said he came to KCK from a refugee camp in Myanmar, also known as Burma. They said when […]

  • Man might lose arm after machete attack in KCK; suspect still at large

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A man has been severely injured and might lose his arm after being attacked Friday by a man with a machete, police say. KCK police said the attack took place near 18th Street and Ridge Avenue after the two men got in an argument. The victim has a major cut on his forearm that might cause him to lose his arm, but his injuries are not life-threatening. Police did not release any identifying information about the […]

  • Kansas City woman concerned after she says someone tried to kill her dog with burger filled with rat poison

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Police are investigating after a woman who lives in the Waldo neighborhood said she found evidence someone might have tried to poison her dog. Shannon Broderick said she found a hamburger patty in her fenced-in backyard with what she believes are rat poison pellets inside. She said Monday morning she let her dog, Bear, into the yard. He sprinted to a certain spot and was about to eat the hamburger patty before she grabbed it. “I’ve […]

  • One man critically injured after being hit by vehicle on Independence Avenue

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 43-year-old man has been critically injured Monday night after being hit by a vehicle near Independence and Topping avenues, emergency dispatch said. Police said the man was crossing the street without being in the crosswalk. One car stopped to let the man cross, but a second driver, who had the right-of-way, did not see the man and hit him. Police said the driver stayed on the scene of the crash and was cooperative. The driver […]

  • Still no answers after investigation reveals more than $7,000 missing from Olathe school’s PTO fund

    OLATHE, Kan. — As of Monday, there are still no answers after more than $7,000 went missing from an Olathe school’s PTO fund. On Friday Fox 4 first reported the embezzlement investigation. Fox 4’s Molly Balkenbush attempted to go to Briarwood Elementary’s PTO meeting Monday night, but the principal asked her to leave and said it was customary to get permission before going on school property. This is the second time since Friday the school principal asked Fox 4 to leave the […]

  • Chiefs player charged in domestic battery case, waived by Chiefs

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On Monday, the Chiefs tweeted their decision to waive defensive tackle Roy Miller. We have waived DT Roy Miller. pic.twitter.com/lqSzQQLuoF — Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 13, 2017 The recently released police report on the charges against Chiefs defensive tackle Roy Miller reveal details into what allegedly happened when he was arrested. Roy Miller, 30, was arrested early Saturday in Florida on a domestic battery charge. A police report states that officers were called to a home […]

  • More than $7,000 missing from Olathe elementary school’s PTO fund in apparent embezzlement case

    OLATHE, Kan. — Police are investigating what they are calling an embezzlement case after they said more than $7,000 was found missing from the Briarwood Elementary Parent Teacher Organization fund. The district confirms they are aware of the investigation. Briarwood Elementary posted about the incident on its Facebook page. The post, which the district said was from the PTO, said back in August that several deposits that should have been made in spring 2016 were not accounted for. “There is […]

  • Leavenworth woman warns others after being scammed out of hundreds online

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A woman is warning others after she said she was scammed out of $700 online. Johnnie Mullins was told she won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. She said a man even sent her a photo of a woman holding a big sign saying she won, and Mullins’ name was printed on the sign. “I thought I won, I got so excited I was so happy I was crying,” Mullins told Fox 4. She said the man requested […]